The Rev. William Barber, left, of the NC NAACP and Pastor Mary Petty of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, center, wave at a rally on Halifax Mall as the Monday protests are held at the General Assembly in Raleigh, NC on Monday, June 3, 2013. More than 100 people have been arrested in the largest demonstrations yet in the state chapter of the NAACP's campaign against the Republican-led General Assembly. Police estimate that roughly 1,000 people attended a rally late Monday afternoon behind the Legislative Building on Halifax Mall. Hundreds later entered the building, with those intending to get arrested wearing green wrist bands. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Chris Seward) MANDATORY CREDIT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Republican governor and a Democratic prosecutor are both urging an end to the near-weekly demonstrations inside the state legislative building organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Gov. Pat McCrory said Tuesday that while feedback and lawful demonstrations are welcome, unlawful demonstrations are not, and cost resources.
Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby said the more than 300 arrests since April are pulling police officers away from fighting crime and threatening to overwhelm the already overburdened courts in the state capital.
The latest protests Monday night led to 151 arrests, the largest tally so far. The NAACP is protesting cuts to social programs, changes to voting laws and other issues championed by GOP legislators. It says protesters will return next week.